Post Office Directory 1851, Henfield, West Sussex

Henfield is a parish in the hundred of Tipnoak, rape of Bramber, 5 ¾ miles (north-east-by north) from Steyning, and 9 ¾ miles from Brighton, containing 1,666 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Lewes and diocese of Chichester, value £280 per annum, in the patronage of the Bishop of Chichester, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Dunlop; the Rev. Joseph Aultman is curate. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is in the later style of English architecture. The navigable river Adur flows on the west of the parish. The area of the parish is 4,440 acres, assessed to the Income Tax at £8,209.

Woodmancote is a parish in Tipnoak hundred, rape of Bramber, 1 ½ miles from Henfield, and 3 from Hurstpierpoint. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The church is small, and has two aisles and a chancel, with a neat steeple. The benefice is a rectory, value £369 per annum, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The rector is the Rev. Henry Wellesley. The population is 351, and the area 3,370 acres, assessed at £2,352.

Post Office - James Bright, postmaster. Letters received from London, 5am; dispatched 10pm

Aultman Rev. Joseph, (curate)
Borrer William, esq. Barrow Hill House
Brydges Mrs. Henfield Place
Candle Adolphus, esq.
Dunlop Rev. Charles, Red Oak
Hall Rev. George
Melvill Miss, Henfield Lodge
Smith Lawrence Dennett, esq. Terry’s Lodge
Verrall Richard Ralph, esq. New Hall
Wisden Thomas, esq. Martin’s Lodge
Wood Mrs. Lucretia, Chestham house

Beard Charles, “Bull”
Beckett Thomas, farmer
Begnell Stephen, brewer
Botting Jonathan, miller
Bright James, grocer, stationer & post office
Buckwell Charles, police officer
Cain James, “Plow Inn”
Caudle Adolphus, surgeon
Challen William Stent, relieving officer & registrar of births & deaths
Colgate, draper & grocer
Cornford Benjamin, butcher
Frost John William, grocer
Hall Obadiah, master of National School
Harding Charles, chemist
Harmes John, grocer & ironmonger
Harwood Mrs. Harriet, grocer
Hesman Alfred, gardener
Holding Mrs. Dressmaker
Hughes John Alfred, maltster
Hyder James, smith
Hyder john, blacksmith & farrier
Lashmar Richard, watchmaker
Lelliott Peter, farmer
Longley Charles, grocer
Longley George, draper
Martin the Misses, seminary
Martin Henry, “White Hart,” commercial inn
Martin John, wheelwright & agent to the Sun fire office
Morgan Frederick, surgeon
Morley Richard, saddler
Morley William, cricket bat maker
Morris Charles, boot & shoe maker
Morris George, shoe maker
Neale James, millwright
Nye John, painter
Patching James, brewer
Pattenden Edward, carrier
Pattenden Miss Elizabeth, mistress of the National School
Penniket John, hairdresser
Randle John W. farmer, Kenton’s
Smith Alfred, farmer, Wantley Farm
Spilsbury Mrs. Straw bonnet maker
Standing Richard, carrier
Stevens Robert, miller
Stoner Charles Nathan, “George Inn” & posting house
Thorns john, butcher
Vinall George, bricklayer
Vinall William, hairdresser
Ward Peter, gunsmith
Ward Phillip, bricklayer
Ward William, carpenter
Williams Thomas, farmer, Bentley Farm
Wood Thomas, tailor
Woolven Mrs. Sarah, dressmaker
Yeates Stephen, shoemaker

Dennett John L. W. esq. court Place
Izard William, esq. Little Bramlands
Wellesley Rev. Henry (rector)

Blake john, farmer, Blackstone Farm
Etheridge James, farmer, Park farm
Gardiner John, farmer
Graveley William Henry, farmer, corn & cattle dealer
Harms James, “Wheatsheaf”
Hill James, farmer, Holmbush Farm
Hill William, parish clerk
Marchant William, farmer
Mitchell Henry, carpenter
Reeves John, shopkeeper
Smith Arthur, farmer

Insurance Agents:-
County Fire, Mrs. Harriet Harwood
Sun Fire, John Martin

Posting House, George Inn, Charles Nathan Stoner

Registrar of Births, Death & marriages, & Relieving Officer, William Stent Challen

National School, Obediah Hall, master; Miss Elizabeth Pattenden, mistress

Carriers to Brighton, Edward Pattenden & Richard Standing’s van, mon. thurs. & sat.; return same day; & henry Taylor, Horsham carrier, every tues. & fri.; returns following days


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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